CASA of Forsyth County, Inc.

aka CASA of Forsyth   |   CUMMING, GA   |
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CASA of Forsyth County, Inc.

EIN: 20-0481980


We are Court Appointed Special Advocates, a volunteer-powered network of committed people – from all walks of life – who believe society has a fundamental obligation to abused and neglected children who find themselves in a foster home. We are people just like you who believe that every child has the right to be treated with dignity, to be safe and to thrive in the embrace of a loving family.

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Executive Director

Heidi Snarey

Main address

3250 Keith Bridge Road


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Subject area info

Youth services

Population served info

Children and youth

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children should live and grow in safe and loving homes. While we want this to be true for all children, the reality does not always match this belief. There is an increasing number of children involved in DFCS investigations of maltreatment. Children are among our most vulnerable and most highly victimized segments of the population. There is increasing evidence that exposure to childhood and adolescent maltreatment can produce long-term consequences, such as mental illness, substance abuse, and reduced academic and employment achievement. Unfortunately, the legal and social service systems in our country are overburdened. Many professionals in the child welfare system, including attorneys and DFCS case managers, are often too overloaded with cases to give thorough, detailed attention to each child who enters the child welfare system. CASA exists to ensure that our community's vulnerable children have their needs and best interests met by filling in the gaps in this overwhelmed system.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (a CASA) is a trained community volunteer appointed by a judge to speak up for the best interests of an abused or neglected child involved in a juvenile court proceeding.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs provide an innovative approach to a very urgent crisis. CASA programs screen, train and support volunteers to provide individualized advocacy for these innocent victims. The CASA volunteer provides an independent source of information for the judge who must decide their future.

CASA volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of the court. They interview anyone who may be able to shed light on the child’s needs—the child, parents, family members, medical professionals, therapists, social workers, school officials and neighbors. The CASA then appears in court to make recommendations to the judge about what is in the child’s best interest, based on this assessment. The CASA remains involved in the case until the child is placed in a safe, stable and permanent home.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Caregivers, Parents

Related Program

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of our volunteers who are able to serve as an advocate on a case. Using 110 volunteers to serve 176 Children.

Percentage of children in foster care who are assigned an advocate

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CASA of Forsyth County recruits, trains, and empowers community volunteers to provide quality advocacy for abused and neglected children as appointed by the Forsyth County Juvenile Court Judges. Our CASA volunteers fight for each child's right to be safe, to be treated with dignity, and to grow in the safe embrace of a permanent family. CASA volunteers serve as the child's

In order to serve 100% of the children in need in our community, our advocacy specialist staff members pour their efforts into creating an exceptional environment for our volunteers. Our volunteer efforts focus on recruitment, training, and retention. We recruit members of our community who are dedicated to selflessly serving children in need without judgement. All potential volunteers go through a vetting process to ensure that they will be able to properly advocate of any child who needs them. Volunteers who pass the approval process then go through an in-depth training that prepares them to be an advocate and take their first case. Our Advocacy Specialists continue to support all volunteers with their cases from beginning to end.

CASA staff facilitate volunteer training and continuing education classes that provide CASA volunteers with knowledge on various child welfare topics, so they can better understand the nuances of the child welfare and juvenile court process and to ensure they are making well-informed, fact-based and relevant recommendations to the Court.

Our staff members cultivate relationships with their assigned volunteers to ensure that volunteers are receiving volunteers are receiving the resources they need in order to better serve foster care children and other children in need.

We believe that our efforts to recruit, train, and retain exceptional volunteer advocates results in the best possible care for the children we serve.

Our program is one of four CASA programs in the state of Georgia to have an advocate assigned to represent 100% of our county's children in foster care. We have also been recognized for maintaining consistent and focused support of our volunteers, which allows us to be a leader in the state in volunteer retention. We believe our efforts to provide tremendous support for our volunteers who in turn provide the best support for the children they advocate for allows us to reach and exceed our goals. As one of the most successful CASA programs in Georgia, we are confident that our continuing strive for excellence allows us to be an invaluable resource to the juvenile court system, DFCS, and, most importantly, the children we serve.

Our biggest recent accomplishment is being able to provide a CASA for 100% of the children in foster care, despite the increased number of Forsyth County children placed in care during the past year. This advocacy results in children having a consistent foster placement during their time in care, spending less time in foster care, and being reunified with their biological parents more often.

Forsyth County has a dire shortage of foster homes, resulting in our children being placed in group homes and foster homes throughout the state. Our volunteers traveled above and beyond to meet with children, caregivers, and their service providers on a monthly basis.

Our program was recently recognized for our uniquely strong partnership with the Forsyth County Department of Family and Child Services.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
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CASA of Forsyth County, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2021 CASA of Forsyth County, Inc. 2019 CASA Forsyth County 990 2017 990
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 24.35 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 22% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

CASA of Forsyth County, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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CASA of Forsyth County, Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of CASA of Forsyth County, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $5,084 $48,809 $80,955 $12,033 $42,227
As % of expenses 1.0% 9.8% 15.5% 2.3% 7.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $2,066 $44,699 $76,326 $6,750 $38,695
As % of expenses 0.4% 8.9% 14.5% 1.3% 6.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $488,423 $546,391 $602,735 $584,857 $598,973
Total revenue, % change over prior year 4.6% 11.9% 10.3% -3.0% 2.4%
Program services revenue 0.0% 8.6% 11.4% 11.9% 12.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.4% 0.6% 1.7% 1.9% 1.3%
Government grants 76.6% 50.6% 48.8% 48.5% 47.6%
All other grants and contributions 23.0% 40.4% 37.9% 34.6% 38.6%
Other revenue 0.0% -0.2% 0.2% 3.0% 0.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $485,094 $497,582 $522,780 $516,871 $571,281
Total expenses, % change over prior year 4.5% 2.6% 5.1% -1.1% 10.5%
Personnel 86.6% 85.9% 79.5% 79.8% 73.1%
Professional fees 2.4% 2.6% 7.2% 6.4% 8.9%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.3% 1.4% 2.4% 1.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 11.0% 11.2% 11.8% 11.4% 16.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $488,112 $501,692 $527,409 $522,154 $574,813
One month of savings $40,425 $41,465 $43,565 $43,073 $47,607
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $16,500 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $12,272 $7,067 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $528,537 $555,429 $578,041 $581,727 $622,420

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 6.8 7.5 9.9 4.3 4.6
Months of cash and investments 6.8 7.5 9.9 9.6 9.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 8.4 9.0 10.3 10.7 10.6
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $276,566 $309,799 $433,173 $183,554 $219,352
Investments $0 $0 $0 $228,685 $251,935
Receivables $106,461 $112,989 $76,354 $94,526 $85,821
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $31,349 $20,040 $26,006 $26,006 $26,006
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 84.7% 35.4% 40.9% 61.3% 74.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.0% 4.3% 6.3% 3.7% 4.7%
Unrestricted net assets $343,183 $387,882 $464,208 $470,958 $509,653
Temporarily restricted net assets $30,500 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $30,500 $30,500 $29,500 $28,984 $30,000
Total net assets $373,683 $418,382 $493,708 $499,942 $539,653

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Heidi Snarey

Heidi Snarey Heidi Snarey has been CASA's Executive Director since April 2021. She brings to CASA a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership capability that is coupled with an extensive familiarity of the community and the individuals and agencies that support CASA in the community. Heidi served most recently as the Executive Director of the Bald Ridge Boy's Lodge, a non-profit residential facility for teenage boys. Her association with the BRL spanned over a decade and Heidi is well known in our community and in the law enforcement and the juvenile court system for her passion, creativity and leadership that benefited the Lodge as a facility as well as the boys being served.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

CASA of Forsyth County, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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CASA of Forsyth County, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 07/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Sharon Walker

Owner Commercial Custom Concepts

Term: 2019 - 2024

TJ Smith

Bagwell Insurance

Jennifer Elwood

Forsyth County Schools

Lynn Jackson

Northside Hospital

Drew Jenkins

D7 Supply

Whitney Rodes

Forsyth County Foster Care Coalition

Barbara Vella

Forsyth County Schools

Sharon Walker

Commercial Custom Concepts

Sharon Hendricks

CASA Representative

Heidi Snarey

Executive Director

Laurie Cole

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Brad Flack

Owner Flacks Flooring

Linda Hughes

Retired Educator

Brenda Howell

Billy Howell Ford

Rachel Marshall

Citizens Bank CFO

Taylor Rice

Attorney at Law Boling Rice LLC

Linda Schulte

Owner Southern Oak Provisions

Pauli Wade

Owner Wade Works

Tom Patton

Retired Sheriff Department

Jacqueline Arthur

Owner Keller Williams Reality

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/24/2023

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